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MASC Legislative Bulletins contain information relating to actions taken by the Massachusetts Legislature on important legislation and the state budget process as it pertains to education funding.

Legislative Bulletin: Massachusetts Opioid Bill (March 16, 2016)

MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan, Esq. has released a new Legislative Bulletin, including an analysis of the new opioid bill, H.4056, An Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention.


Massachusetts Opioid Legislation Highlights

To: MASC School Committee Members
From: Stephen Finnegan, Esq., MASC Legal Counsel
Date: March 11, 2016
Re: MA Opioid Legislation

Following please find a summary of the educationally pertinent provisions of the Opioid Legislation (H.4056). MASC worked with the legislative leadership to ameliorate some of the mandate provisions of H.4056. For example, the screening of students for substance abuse was reduced to verbal and only at two grade levels to be recommended by DESE. Most importantly, the verbal screening provision is subject to appropriation. Finally, MASC worked hard to secure subsection (e) that provides no liability caused by an act or omission resulting from the implementation of this section. The substance abuse screening will not be implemented until the 2017-2018 school year. Parents or students may opt out of the screening. Also, MASC recommended a good samaritan provision regarding the administration of Naloxone to protect school employees, among others.

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Legislative Bulletin: Governor's Budget Recommendations (January 28, 2016)

MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan, Esq. has released a Legislative Bulletin, including an analysis of the Governor's FY17 budget recommendations and proposed changes in funding for Chapter 70, SPED, Circuit Breaker, Regional Transportation and Charter Schools.


Legislative Bulletin: Municipal Finance Reform (December 18, 2015)

MASC General Counsel Stephen Finnegan, Esq. has released a Legislative Alert regarding HD 4338, An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government, filed on December 7, 2015. The Act intends to increase the flexibility of local governments by removing some limitations on stabilization and revolving funds, revising certain debt statutes and increasing municipal procurement thresholds. MASC's initial analysis and areas of concern are discussed in the latest MASC legislative bulletin.


Legislative Alert - MASC opposes Senate Bill 350 regarding dismissal rights

MASC urges you to contact your legislators by phone prior to the September 9, 2015 hearing before the Education Committee at 10:00am in Room A1 of the State House, and subsequently to contact them in writing, for the purpose of opposing this legislation.